The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has captured the essence of the research library in contextual and innovative ways with the publication of ARL Profiles: Research Libraries 2010, a report that includes a thorough content analysis of narrative descriptions of research libraries at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. The profile analysis has engaged qualitative methods to describe research libraries that complement the annual quantitative ARL Statistics.
The contextual information provided in this report documents the importance of the public good research libraries provide in an increasingly globalized environment by making their services more readily available; they are becoming an integral part not only of the physical but also the virtual academic experience in addition to setting standards and exploring best practices with national and international visibility, among other things.
All materials are publicly available—including qualitative descriptions (a discussion of the results), the content analysis, explanations and examples of how analysis was performed, and the original profile narratives submitted by each library—at http://www.arl.org/stats/index/profiles/. The summary report will also be available in print.
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